Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident Sergio Aguero will soon get back into his stride.
Aguero is poised to return to action for City after eight games out with a calf injury.
The Argentina striker had been City's outstanding player this term, having scored 19 goals, before breaking down in the 6-3 defeat of Arsenal on December 14.
The 25-year-old has now recovered and could be involved as City host Blackburn in an FA Cup third-round replay at the Etihad Stadium tonight.
Pellegrini said: "You never know but I hope that he will come back the same way as before he was injured.
"He was in a good moment and maybe he needs two or three games to return to that level but Sergio will do it."
City have actually fared well without Aguero, winning seven of those eight games played in his absence and drawing the other - against Blackburn at Ewood Park.
Manchester City - January transfer targets
Manchester City - January transfer targets
1/15 Blaise Matuidi
PSG's powerful holding midfielder, has quietly become one of the most sought-after players in the world after a fine few years. Yet to agree a new contract with the Parisians, there is room to do a deal if City were to make a move.
2/15 Iker Casillas
One of many keepers to be linked with a switch to Eastlands as Manuel Pellegrini tinkers in the goalkeeping department. After Jose Mourinho dropped him during his final season in charge, Casillas has struggled to hold down a regular slot in the Madrid side.
3/15 Mats Hummels
While expensive, Hummels would be an excellent buy for anyone with serious ambitions of Champions League success. A regular for Borussia Dortmund last year as they reached the Champions League final, he's the sort of personality which is always welcome at the training ground.
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4/15 Eliaquim Mangala
A firm centre-back, an area desperately in need of strengthening, Mangala would be a surprise move but one worth taking. When Vincent Kompany is injured, City feel the effects and tend to fall down the league as a result.
5/15 Daniele De Rossi
Has long been linked with Man City, ever since Roberto Mancini's time in charge, but remains a viable target for the 2012 champions. After turning down rivals Man Utd in the summer, the Italian has enjoyed a wonderful year but could consider a switch in his twilight years.
6/15 Sami Khedira
Would be an astute buy for any Premier League side but would command a fee similar to that which Arsenal paid for Mesut Ozil. After suffering a long-term injury this autumn, he'd more more likely to join in the summer.
7/15 Saido Berahino
Berahino may not be an obvious choice but his talent, added to his goal at Old Trafford this season, could easily endear him to the City faithful. Having just signed a new deal with West Brom, he may have to be a long-term target.
8/15 Julian Draxler
Draxler remains one of the brightest lights of European football and will surely move to a club the size of Manchester City sooner rather than later. Despite not impressing against English opposition, his talents have alerted City's Premier League rivals this term.
9/15 Andres Iniesta
The Spaniard is another option after rumours surfaced that the midfielder would entertain a move away from Spain. While it would take something special to prize the renowned Catalan away from Barca, many European clubs are on red alert.
10/15 Toby Alderweireld
Very nearly joined Liverpool last summer but opted to move to Atletico Madrid instead. While the Spanish side may be challenging for the La Liga title today, he may be tempted by a move to England in the near future.
11/15 Angel Di Maria
Difficult to deal with at the best of times, Di Maria could be a real asset down the flanks. Having managed the Argentine at Real Madrid, Pellegrini is all too aware of the winger's qualities.
12/15 Ezequiel Garay
Was on the verge of joining Manchester United last year before, as he says, David Moyes pulled the plug. Has a point to prove. The former Everton boss may be regretting his decision but it could get even worse if City were to sign the Benfica star.
13/15 Alexis Sanchez
One of many Barcelona players who could grow unhappy with the lack of first team opportunities - much like Yaya Toure. While he is undoubtedly a quality player, Barca have an embarrassment of riches at the Nou Camp.
14/15 Asmir Begovic
The Stoke keeper's performances have been as impressive - a move must surely follow sooner or later. Linked with City two years ago, the Bosnian shot stopper would be excellent cover.
Real Madrid's Portuguese defender is finding options limited in Spain and could fancy a switch to Eastlands. Like Di Maria, he is another player who City's Chilean boss knows well.
The forward line has continued to fire with Alvaro Negredo taking his tally to 19 to equal Aguero and Edin Dzeko moving on to 13.
Pellegrini said: "Negredo is doing very well and we have Edin Dzeko as well who is a very important striker for us.
"When Sergio was injured Edin started to play often and he scores a lot of goals for us.
"But Sergio will always be an important player for us, not only because of his goals but he gives us a lot of play during the match."
Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and David Silva will all be missing through injury and Pellegrini is likely to make other changes against Rovers.
But Pellegrini insists the competition remains high among the priorities for a team chasing glory on four fronts.
The Chilean said: "It's a very important cup because it's a very traditional cup, so the most important thing for this team is to have the mentality to try to win no matter what competition you are playing.
"I don't understand the reason why because we're not playing the Premier League that you don't want to win.
"If you make some rotations and the other team is strong they play better and win, then we would be eliminated. So, we will try to do well and try to continue."
Winning the quadruple would be a unique achievement but it is still an unlikely scenario and, although that might be a dream, Pellegrini is not thinking about it.
He said: "It's important to have the mentality at least to try.
"During the season with injuries and the amount games we have to play it's very difficult, and that's why no-one's done it before.
"But you must have the mentality to at least try to do it and that's what we're trying to do at this moment.
"We're not thinking about winning the four competitions, we're just thinking about Blackburn in the FA Cup and then to try and win against Cardiff on Saturday."
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